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5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket and crime, 2 Mar 2012
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Phryne travels to Sydney - partly to watch the test match - but also to visit the university. Two of the students have secured an introduction to her and want her to try and find out who has stolen various items from a safe as they do not believe their friend, Adam Harcourt is guilty.

Phryne soon decides she agrees with them. There is a sub plot involving Dot Williams Phryne's companion and maid. Dot wants to visit her sister who lives in Sydney but finds she has disappeared and her husband does not know where she is.

There are some marvellous characters in this well written mystery story and many secrets will need to be revealed before the crimes are solved and people can get on with their lives. I enjoyed the background of Egyptian magic and ritual and Phryne makes a marvellous re-incarnation of the goddess Isis.

I thought the plot was more complex than some books in this series and I found I stayed up late to finish it because I had to know what happened and how it was resolved.

As ever Phryne finds a new lover and it isn't one of the most obvious candidates either. It was nice to see Dot playing a bigger part in the story and I thought the solution to her problems was very well done. This is an entertaining mystery which is part of a series but can be read as a standalone story.

The first book in the series is Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 24 Jun 2014
This review is from: Death Before Wicket: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) (Paperback)
Love the books, great characters, great plots, always good twists and its interesting to find a less well behaved sleuth
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death before Wicket, 11 April 2014
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This review is from: Death Before Wicket: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) (Paperback)
I really enjoy the Phyrne Fisher mysteries - some more than others. This one I rate as 4 star. I would be happy to recommend it to any mystery reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read, 11 Aug 2013
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Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher is a feisty young Australian living in the 1920s and amusing herself as a private detective. These books provide a pleasant light read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing really new, 27 July 2013
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Janet Stuckey "oneillfan" (Gloucestershire UK) - See all my reviews
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I don't really know what to say about this book, as I have read so many of Kerry Greenwoods stories. I find them all very enjoyable they are well written and very calming if you like to read and relax. I am just running out of praise for them. Maybe like me if you read one you want to read them all. I am still catching up with all the Phryne Fisher adventures, she seems to have a keen mind and sometimes a VERY active love life with Lin Chung. Good for her, she loves life and lives it to the full.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more excellent Greenwood, 7 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Death Before Wicket: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) (Paperback)
Death Before Wicket is the tenth in the Phrynne Fisher series by popular Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. It is summer 1928 and Dot and Phrynne take the train to Sydney: Dot to visit with her sister Joan, Phrynne ostensibly to watch a Test Match (was it Bradman's first?) and dine with the University's Vice Chancellor. Phrynne has promised Dot there will be no murders, but two handsome young Uni students have asked her to look into a theft of exam papers from the Dean's safe for which their good friend has been blamed. The investigation gets complicated as Phrynne learns that the safe was also emptied of the Faculty books, a valuable papyrus, an illuminated book, an Aboriginal stone axe, the Dean's wife's rubies and the petty cash, expanding the list of suspects exponentially. Dot's visit also hits a snag: it seems her thoroughly respectable sister has turned into a lady of the night. This instalment has Phrynne dining with Professors, traipsing through slums, quoting poetry in a Bohemian café, getting the better of a standover man, making amulets, watching several cricket matches, removing curses and being thrown into a well. The plot has plenty of twists and there is theft, blackmail, magic, politics and roses. As usual, Phrynne is not shy when confined in close quarters with the right man. It was truly enjoyable to read a Phrynne set in Sydney, especially at my old Alma Mater, the University of Sydney, and I wholly concur with Brazell's opinion of missionaries. I am fairly certain, though, that stutterers do not do so in their thoughts. Another excellent Greenwood novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phryne knows clothes, alcohol, cars, guns, men, and how to solve crimes, 17 Mar 2010
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L. J. Roberts (Oakland, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
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First Sentence: Sydney struck Phryne Fisher, quite literally, in the face.

Phryne Fisher is off to Sydney for a bit of cricket, sightseeing and to attend the Artist's Ball. She is barely off the train when two young men, students at the University of Sydney, ask for her help. Exams have been stolen from a safe in the dean's office and their friend has been accused. Phryne is also soon asked by Dot, her maid, to find her sister who has disappeared leaving behind two small children with Dot's less-than-desirable brother-in-law.

Phryne (Fry-knee) Fisher may be my all-time favorite character. Ms. Greenwood has done such a wonderful job creating her, with vivid descriptions of clothes, food and her life, she seems very real. In this book, we learn even more of her childhood, which was very poor and provides an excellent contrast to her present life of wealth.

Phryne is smart, cleaver, independent, and sexy with a wonderful attitude toward affairs while being very loyal and caring. Greenwood is smart in creating the contrasting character of her maid Dot, whom Phryne rescued, is subdued, Catholic and uncertain how much Anglicans knew about religion when she gives Phryne a St. Michael's metal for protection.

This is not your traditional cozy, as there are scenes that are quite sexually explicit. But the book also deals with issues. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is under construction. There are interesting observations on the damage done by the original Brits to Australia and the problems which still exist in Sydney versus Melbourne, Phryne's home. The books also deals with the beliefs of the Aborigines and the belief in magic with a very good line that although one may not believe in magic, one can believe in belief.

Ms. Greenwood writing creates a well-rounded story with excellent dialogue and a very good twist at the end. It includes just the right touch of humor as in a scene where the protagonist does a delightful send-up of the too-stupid-to-live, gothic-novel heroine.

This book was a joy to read and I always look forward to the next book in the series.

DEATH BEFORE WICKET (PI-Phryne Fisher-Australia-Golden Age/1920s - VG
Greenwood, Kerry - 10th in series
Allen & Unwin, 1999, Aust. Trade Paperback - ISBN: 1741140951
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